Ness is... A place of your own, an in­fi­nite ocean, a hug from a friend. Pho­tog­ra­pher GABRIELE GAL­IM­BERTI trav­elled the globe to cap­ture the very per­sonal pur­suit of hap­pi­ness

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - REPORTAGE -

Mayu, 23, from Tokyo, Ja­pan ‘I was 18 when I went to the

UK to study English. I spent a lot of time with my Span­ish friends, who used to hug me when we said good­bye.

At first I was sur­prised, be­cause we don’t usu­ally hug in Ja­pan, but it made me feel warm, kind and happy. I liked their hugs. I now give out hugs in Ja­pan, be­cause I be­lieve it can

give hap­pi­ness.’

Catalina, 32, from Carta­gena, Colom­bia ‘I live near Bo­gotá, which is full of traf­fic jams and noise. But when I can, I es­cape to the sea, 940km away. Be­ing by the wa­ter makes me happy. I’ve been to some

murky, mys­te­ri­ous seas, sur­rounded by man­groves;

I’ve spent whole days by my­self in com­plete si­lence look­ing at the sea. Hav­ing a house from which I could see the sea would fill my

heart with hap­pi­ness.’

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